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Festive objects at a festive venue

A new Herend porcelain exhibition entitled “Everyday and Festive Ceremonies” opened last Friday in Zalaegerszeg, where variations of the legendary Victoria pattern, various butterfly motifs and porcelain objects of Jewish religiosity can be seen together.

A special historical memorial journey began at the county seat of Zala. An exhibition of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory opened in the former synagogue, where we can discover the meeting of Herend porcelain, Jewish heritage and the historical traditions of Zalaegerszeg through the exhibition.

The tools of Jewish culture and ceremonies are timeless works of art of the millennia-old religion and the nearly two-hundred-year-old Manufactory. In addition to their aesthetic beauty, they also carry a symbolic, deeper meaning, said Yacov Hadas-Handelsman, Ambassador of Israel to Hungary, chief patron and guest of honour of the event. He also drew attention to the fact that Jewish heritage and Zalaegerszeg’s love of art meet in this exhibition, showing objects of festive and everyday Jewish ceremonies in an exceptionally beautiful design by Herend. The ceremonies strengthen the holding power of the millennia-old community, he said, recalling the life of traditional families and weekly rituals, adding symbolic meaning to high-quality objects, including cedar bowls, mezuzahs as door decorations, Kiddush cups and Dreidels as children’s plays.

Dr. Attila Simon, CEO of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, said that the exhibition also pays tribute to Mór Fischer from Tata as after the founder he brought to success the complex works of art created by multiple firing. He emphasized that the performance of its predecessors obliges today’s Manufactory community to never compromise on quality in order to protect the brand. Today, there are 64 million different Herend products, 4,000 different patterns, and 300 to 400 new works of art are created every year in the spirit of innovation. Today, these beauties are not just accessible for aristocratic homes, but to all, he said, adding that porcelain connects geographical regions around the world.

The exhibition was praised by János Németh, Kossuth Prize-winning ceramic artist and Artist of the Nation. As a co-art representative, he recalled the founding of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, the founders, the specialness of the material, the artistic design by Herend and the international recognition. In his words, Herend porcelain products are world-class creations in which “the souls of masters can be felt”.

The opening ceremony featured a Herend painting demonstration. The imposing exhibition awaits visitors until mid-January.

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